Aug 24, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson (8) warms up on the field before the start of a preseason NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jets to work out Josh Johnson

The Jets will work out QB Josh Johnson, who was recently cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, on Thursday, Mike Garofolo reports (Aug. 27).

Johnson, 29, has 96 completions and five touchdowns over seven NFL seasons. He most recently appeared in two games for the Bengals in 2013.

He appeared in the Bengals’ first preseason game this season, going 11-for-21 passing with 175 passing yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, and running for 37 yards on six attempts.


Daily Links: Second Deck

– Snacks’ nickname for the Big Cat? “Little Kitty” [NJAM]

– Decker doesn’t mind no longer being a number one [Newsday]

– Cimini’s updated roster projection [ESPN New York]

– Phil Simms leaps to Geno’s defense [Daily News]

– “I’m better than 245 NFL players at catching footballs” (including seven Jets) [FiveThirtyEight]

– Wayne Chrebet is now a world class fantasy baseball player [USA Today]

BentBent, There’s some interesting quotes within the Newsday article from Eric Decker who, having been easily the most high-profile veteran addition of the John Idzik era, seems to be flying under the radar this year.

Decker recognizes his place as the number two receiver and might even see an increase in his production levels from no longer being covered by the other team’s best cornerback every week. His contract, for roughly $6 million per year, looks like a bargain compared to some of the deals signed this summer. However, rather than gripe about being underpaid, Decker seems to recognize the benefits of playing with Brandon Marshall, who he calls “elite”.

Decker hasn’t done much in preseason – just two catches for 16 yards – and maybe that’s deliberate on some level as opposing defensive coordinators who allocate time and resources to stopping Brandon Marshall could be overlooking the fact that Decker is a great second option. That’s what certainly what most of the Broncos’ opponents discovered in 2012 and 2013.


Five things we learned from Todd Bowles…

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media after Wednesday’s practice. Here are five things we learned…

1.) Calvin Pace is still day-to-day and it’s not yet clear whether he’ll play on Saturday.

2.) Mo Wilkerson has been practicing this week, and he’ll play on Saturday if he gets through the rest of the week healthy.

3.) Bowles is impressed with the way the team has practiced, but they need to show improvement during the games.

4.) Matt Flynn is getting closer to playing, but it’s unlikely he’ll play on Saturday.

5.) Quincy Enunwa has been making progress, but Bowles is not yet ready to name him his third wide receiver.


Jets contacted Osi Umenyiora before his retirement

The Jets were the team that contacted Osi Umenyiora prior to his official retirement, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported (Aug. 26).

According to Garafolo, while the Jets expressed interest, they didn’t make a formal contract offer.

Umenyiora said during his retirement press conference at the Giants’ facility on Wednesday that he didn’t want to continue playing unless it was for the Giants. He noted that a team had contacted him about playing, but wouldn’t reveal which one.

Umenyiora, 33, played the last two seasons with the Falcons after spending the first nine years of his career with the Giants.

Umenyiora racked up 75 sacks while with the Giants, which is fourth on the team’s all-time list.


Davon Walls clears waivers, is placed on IR

DL Davon Walls cleared waivers and has been placed on IR, the Jets announced (Aug. 26).

Walls was recently waived by the team in order to make room on the roster for TE Matt LaCosse.


Walls had shown a few flashes of athleticism in the first two preseason games, but he’s also been overmatched at times. He was given an injury settlement after suffering a calf injury after practice last week at Hofstra.

When he’s healthy again, maybe the Jets will bring him in for a spell on the practice squad or consider him for a futures deal.


Marshall wants to win Super Bowl with Jets

Brandon Marshall has spent the month of January at home each of the past nine years, watching other players make postseason runs.

The New York Jets wide receiver wants to know how it feels.

Despite being on some solid teams during his NFL career, Marshall has never made the playoffs. He has played in 136 regular-season games, the league’s longest active streak without a postseason appearance.

Marshall wants to change all that in a big way with the Jets, who have missed the playoffs the past four years and haven’t been to a Super Bowl since winning it in 1969.

“It would mean the world to me,” Marshall said. “I definitely want to win. I don’t know how I would move forward without a championship. You know, 45 years old, sitting on a porch, just thinking about would’ve, could’ve. That’s going to be hard even though I’m going to be happy with my family and our foundation and some business things I’m involved in.

“I’m not going to be one of those guys that has a hard transition, but if I don’t win, it’s going to be tough.”

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New York Jets outside linebacker Trevor Reilly works out during NFL football mini camp, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Daily Links: All the right moves

– Amaro’s minor injury is becoming a big problem [NY Post]

– Trevor Reilly talks about pass rushing moves and his roster chances [NJAM]

– Source: Vick spoke with Jets before joining Steelers [Metro]

– Marshall says he’s better than ever [ESPN New York]

– Quigley had the best game of any punter in 2014 and was 12th best overall [Football Perspective]

– Bowles admits he underestimated Ivory’s speed [Jets Official Site]

– Marshall, who has never played in the postseason, just wants a ring [AP]

– Owusu should be a “full go” for practice tomorrow [Jets Insider]

– Has Matt Flynn been the luckiest back-up QB in the league? [Deadspin]

BentBent, Things seem to be falling into place for Trevor Reilly’s roster chances this season. With IK Enemkpali gone and Lorenzo Mauldin out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury, the path is clear for him to slot into a back-up role behind Calvin Pace. In fact, Pace himself is suffering from a groin injury and won’t play this weekend, giving Reilly a chance for some quality reps with the first team.

Even without the IK incident and the Mauldin injury, Reilly was still making a much stronger case than either to back up Pace’s strongside position. What flashes Mauldin had shown were as a pass rusher, much like Enemkpali before him, whereas Reilly has shown that he has more versatility, dropping into coverage on 40% of passing plays last week. This positions him in a spot where he’d be able to fill in for Pace, instead of just contributing as a situational pass rusher. He’s still made contributions as a pass rusher though – his four total pressures are tied for the team lead in preseason.

Although Reilly is only a second-year pro, he’ll actually be 28 in January, because he went on a two-year mormon mission while in college. That’s part of the reason he lasted until the late rounds of the draft in 2014. I recently compared Reilly to Garrett McIntyre, who – following a spell in Canada – eventually broke through with the Jets at about the same age as Reilly. While McIntyre was an unheralded back-up edge defender and occasional spot starter, I meant no disrespect, because guys like McIntyre (who started 10 games and racked up 72 tackles and 5.5 sacks in three years) are exactly the sort of low-cost players you need to fill out your depth chart.


Jets sign Johnson, release Maneri

The Jets signed LB Bryan Johnson and released TE Steve Maneri, the team announced (Aug. 25).

Johnson spent 2014 with the Bills — with the majority of the season spent on their practice squad. He was waived by Buffalo in June.

Maneri had signed with the Jets in June when Zach Sudfeld was placed on injured reserve.

BentBent, Johnson played as a defensive end last year with the Bills during the preseason and did not drop into coverage at all in 80 snaps. I’d imagine he’s been brought in primarily to rush the passer rather than as an option to back-up Calvin Pace.

With a few guys down, the Jets will need somebody to take up reps during the preseason, so Johnson could be more of an “innings-eater” than an actual roster candidate. Still, if he can put some good plays on film, this will give him a chance of getting picked up by another team or landing on the Jets’ practice squad. Being a small school prospect, Johnson didn’t have an official pro day, but he ran a disappointing 4.99 at 260 pounds at the Detroit Super Regional Combine last year. However, his other workout numbers were outstanding.

Regarding Maneri, he had a chance to catch on with this team, but had fallen behind after getting injured in camp. While he played against the Falcons, he was relegated to third-string duties. Despite one nice catch, Maneri obviously didn’t do enough to hold on to his spot. Kellen Davis is probably safe now, as the team’s best blocking tight end, despite three penalties in last week’s game.